Raised on milk of human kindness
SANDRA D is not your regular horse – she’s special.
Her mum, Freya, died when Sandra D was just seven-hours old, leaving the foal distressed and lonely.
Without access to milk, there was also the very real concern the young horse could die.
Owners Peter Williams and Sally Evans desperately searched for a surrogate mother for Sandra D, and they also milked what they could from Freya.
“We fed her with a bottle around the clock. At first it was every hour, on the hour,” Ms Evans said.
“It was pretty tough. It was a terrible time for all of us.
“But Sandra D is very humanised as a result. She’s very cheeky and confident around people.”
Despite this tough start to life, Sandra D is doing well and will compete at the Bangalow Show tomorrow – her first one.
“It doesn’t matter how she goes,” Ms Evans said.
“She’s going to be a dressage horse, so the show is a bit of a learning curve for her. It’s also an outing for her.”
And she’s going to be done up for the occasion.
Ms Evans has spent the past couple of days cutting Sandra D’s mane and shampooing her.
The yearling will also have black make-up put on her nose, and her toenails will be painted black. It’s all part of the process to get the horses show-ready and Ms Evans, who is taking four horses to Bangalow this weekend, said it was a time-consuming job.
“It is a lot of work, but we really like to support the Bangalow Show,” she said.
Sandra D’s brothers, Norman and Scuba, will also compete at Bangalow, along with another one of Ms Evans’s horses, CC.
Bangalow Show secretary Karen Ryan said there was a lot happening over the two days.
“We’ve got lawnmower racing, a full horse program, dairy cattle and beef cattle,” she said.
“On Saturday we will have 350 pedigree dogs on show.
“We’ve also got two huge bulls and there is an open challenge, worth $300, for anyone who can stay on them for eight seconds.”BANGALOW SHOW
Today’s highlights: Pet parade, with entries closing at 3.45pm; and the pavilion, with about 1700 entries of art, craft, sewing, baking and more.
Tomorrow’s highlights: Cheesecake of the Show at 10.30am; Showgirl crowning 2pm; fireworks 8.30pm.